Substituting poultry for red meat may lower risk of breast cancer

Overall, the researchers determined that those who were fervent red meat eaters were over 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers found that women who ate the most red meat had a 23 per cent higher risk of developing the disease compared with those who consumed lower amounts.

Researchers analysed information on the consumption of different types of meat and meat cooking practices from 42,012 women who were followed for an average of 7.6 years.

Some 1,536 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed during the study. Moreover, in a substitution model with combined red meat and poultry consumption held constant, substituting poultry for red meat was linked with reduced invasive breast cancer risk (HR=0.72, 95% CI: 0.58 to 0.89). The study's authors also observed a decreased risk in women who replaced portions of red meat with poultry.

According to reports, the research findings did not change when the results were checked for common breast cancer risk factors among individuals, which include obesity, alcohol, physical activity, race, socioeconomic status, in addition to other dietary factors. Furthermore, no link between various cooking techniques and cancer risk was observed.

'Red meat has been identified as a probable carcinogen, ' study author Dr Dale Sandler said.

But he added: 'Our study does provide evidence substituting poultry for red meat may be a simple change that can help reduce the incidence of breast cancer'.

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The report was published August 6 in the International Journal of Cancer.

"They would need to have very long follow-up to study breast cancer", Sandler added.

Professor Pharoah said: 'While there are many reasons to reduce red meat intake, the data from this study are of limited relevance to people making dietary choices'.

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, reviewed the new findings.

One expert was quick to point out, however, the study only looked at women with a family history of breast cancer.

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